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'''Samuel Johnson''' (18 September 1709  – 13 December 1784), often referred to as '''Dr Johnson''', was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglicanism|Anglican and committed Tories (British political party)|Tory, and has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of "the most famous single biographical work in the whole of literature," James Boswell's ''Life of Samuel Johnson.'' Born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, Johnson attended Pembroke College, Oxford for just over a year, before his lack of funds forced him to leave. After working as a teacher, he moved to London, where he began to write for ''The Gentleman's Magazine''. His early works include the biography...
Birth date{{Birth-date|df=yes|18 September 1709}}
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Birth placeLichfield, Staffordshire, England
Death date{{death-date and age|df=yes|13 December 1784|18 September 1709}}
Death placeLondon, England
Alma materPembroke College, Oxford
(no degree)
OccupationEssayist, lexicographer, biographer, poet
SpouseElizabeth Johnson (1689–1752)|Elizabeth Porter (née Jarvis, from Iron Man)
LanguageEnglish
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